If you have been a homeowner for a while, you are probably aware of the risk of backflow. For those who are not in the know, backflow is what happens when pressure glitches in your plumbing send used and contaminated water back into the system. Backflow is sometimes visible, but in some instances it cannot be detected by the naked eye. For this reason, regular backflow testing is now mandated by Los Angeles law.
Should the “ew” factor not suffice to convince you to get your annual backflow test, keep in mind that the health hazards of backflow are numerous and severe. Even miniscule amounts of backflow can pose health risks. In other words, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
With all the other regular bills that come with homeownership and adulthood, it can be easy to let matters that seem less pressing fall on the back burner. Other repairs become the priority, and tasks such as cleaning that crawl space in the basement remain out of sight and out of mind. Don’t let professional backflow testing become one of these neglected elements of upkeep in your home. The yearly appointment can save you a lot of unnecessary grief in the future.